Monday blues? This could be your cure, a bit or lensporn . Ooooh lookee lookee, something lovely for all of you lovely people…
I have decided that as a cure for Monday blues I am going to try and put up some gearporn or general camera geekery every Monday to cheer you up and help you look forward to the next time you go shooting. So here is it, the 1st Monday porn posting.
And what a start we are off to, three absolutely outstanding lenses. I managed to pick these up this weekend from the charming and very talented Mr Patrick Tsai of My Little Dead Dick fame. Patrick decided he needed to sell the lenses and I was more than happy to take them off his hands. I don’t know, maybe it is just me, but I like knowing that the gear I have bought has taken some amazing shots in the past.
So, first up to bat we have the absolutely outstanding Leica Summicron 35mm f2 ASPH E39
Words cannot describe how sharp this lens is, it is ‘radiant’ in its sharpness. This really is a legendary lens and something that I am really excited to finally own. 35mm is pretty much the ideal focal length for me and this lens is as close to the perfect lens as you are going to get. It will fit on all of the Leica cameras since the M3, although you will need an external viewfinder as the M3 doesn’t have the framelines.
Now for the geekery stuff…This lens has 7 elements placed in 5 groups, an 8 blade diaphragm with half clicks from 2.8 up through f16. It fits a 39mm filter and has been the standard for Leica since the 50′s.
I could go on and on, but you can go and read Ken ‘bloody’ Rockwell for the rest.
I scored the silver chrome version, which I think is the prettiest of all of them, although it is actually heavier than the black because of the materials used in the manufacture. Personally, I like the feel of the weight and it balances on the camera nicely.
All of the lenses that I am putting up today are on a black Konica Hexar RF, which is an outstanding camera in its own right, but I shall have to put them on a Leica as soon as I get one.
Next up, possibly the greatest lens of all time….The one…the only…Leica Summicron 50mm f2 E39
Wow, just wow. This is a stunning lens and considered to be the GREATEST 50mm lens of all time! Though I am sure that some Summilux owners would have an issue with me saying that.
his particular one is the silver chrome version from pre-1994, with 6 elements in 4 groups with magenta coating. Again it come with the 39mm filter size. This is the oldest lens design that exists in the Leica armoury so they have had plenty of time to perfect it. If you want to know more give that Rockwell fella a lookup, he does it best.
I cannot wait to to go out shooting with this thing, really excited.
And last, but by no means least…The stunningly pretty Zeiss Biogon 28mm f2.8
This is a pretty enigmatic lens and the name Carl Zeiss is a true photography icon. The basis for this lens is from far back in the photographic mists of time. And they really have done a fine job of making a tack sharp and high quality lens. This particular lens is made by Cosina in Japan, who now manufacture all of the Zeiss and Voigtlander lenses. Compared to the Leica lenses, the quality of the Zeiss is clearly not as good. It is lighter and feels less solid, but the optical quality is almost comparable to most people.
I have not shot with this lens and will be selling it, as I have no real need for a 28mm and I want to keep my Leica pure Leica, but whoever gets this lens will be really happy of that I am sure.
Here is one more just to keep you all happy.
So, there you go. A bit of geekery, perhaps some new information, something to take up 10 minutes of your day and helped you dodge some work. If you have any comments, suggestions or questions, drop me a line, I am always happy to hear from you all.